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Repertory film listings for April 24-30

Reviews by Michael Covino.

Thu., Apr. 24

Harold and Maude Some think this is black comedy because Harold (Bud Cort) keeps trying to kill himself, but the story's a little too cute to be properly black. Ruth Gordon, who plays Maude, is the energetic septuagenarian who has an affair with old-before-his-time Harold. Directed by Hal Ashby, with music by Cat Stevens (90 min., 1971). — M.C. (EC, 9:15)

Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo Les Claypool directs this National Lampoon spoof about a jam band on the road to the pinnacle of its career, a summer festival called Festeroo. (PW, 9:15)

Fri., Apr. 25

San Francisco International Film Festival The first day of the San Francisco International Film Festival offers two features: Ermanno Olmi's One Hundred Nails and Philippe Faucon's Two Ladies. (PFA, 6:30)

Sat., Apr. 26

San Francisco International Film Festival A day-long program of four features: Irena Salina's Flow: For Love of Water, Scott Hicks' Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, Jaime Rosales' Solitary Fragments, and Goutam Ghose's Calcutta My Love. (PFA, 12:30)

West Side Story Never mind the mediocre lead acting (Richard Beymer, Natalie Wood) or the fact that this Romeo and Juliet update set amid youth gang warfare in 1950s New York isn't exactly a gem of urban realism. It all melts away because you get to meet a girl named Maria. This adapted Broadway musical, one of the best, features Jerome Robbins' knockout choreography and the lovely Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim score. With George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, and Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Robert Wise and Robbins (151 min., 1961). — M.C. (EC, 5:00)

Sun., Apr. 27

San Francisco International Film Festival Three full-length features from 2007 (Anna Broinowski's Forbidden Lie$, Fernando E. Solanas' Latent Argentina, and Roy Andersson's You, the Living). Showing at 6:00 p.m. is John M. Stahl's 1945 Leave Her to Heaven. Gene Tierney plays a selfish, deceitful, murderous lady in this dark, hard-edged noir melodrama set, incongruously enough, against sunny southwest deserts and the Sierra Nevada. This is the first noir shot in color. With Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain, and Ray Collins (110 min.). (PFA, 1:30)

West Side Story See Saturday. (EC, 400)

Mon. Apr. 28

San Francisco International Film Festival For the festival's fourth day, two more features: Vera Storozheva's Traveling with Pets and Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer. (PFA, 6:30)

Tue., Apr. 29

San Francisco International Film Festival An evening program of one feature (Eric Rohmer's The Romance of Astrea and Celadon) and seven shorts (In a Lonely Place: New Experimental Cinema, total running time 81 min.). (PFA, 6:30)

Wed., Apr. 30

San Francisco International Film Festival Two full-length features: Mushon Salmona's Vasermil and Craig Baldwin's Mock Up on Mu. (PFA, 6:30)

No End in Sight A documentary on the US government's failed foreign policy in Iraq and beyond. Campbell Scott narrates; Charles Ferguson directs. (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

Julia Robinson and Hilbert's Tenth Problem One-hour biographical documentary on Julia Robinson, a pioneer among American mathematicians who died in 1985. Followed by a panel discussion with producer/director George Ccicsery and other film participants. (Room 2050, Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley, 7:00)

Biodiesel Film Festival Fund-raiser for Berkeley's Biofuel Oasis with three documentary features — Fat of the Land, Freedom Fuels, and Revolution Green — plus additional shorts and news clips. Fat of the Land filmmaker Nicole Cousino in person. (LP, 7:00) 


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